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Category: Transceivers: HF Amateur HF+6M+VHF+UHF models - non QRP <5W

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Review Summary For : Icom IC-703
Reviews: 181MSRP: 400.00
QRP HF and 6 Meter all mode radio. Comes standard with Antenna Tuner, DSP, Keyer, Memory Keyer, Power Conservasion system.
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KT5T Rating: 2008-12-13
A very good and fun radio. Time Owned: 0 to 3 months.
This is a very nice and fun radio. I run the radio on a battery and it is truly amazing what 10 watts will do. The receiver is very good and if you own a 706 you will have no trouble using this rig.
EA5GVZ Rating: 2008-12-02
Do /P. Time Owned: more than 12 months.
Amazing what 10W can do!
Mainly use as portable but also great for home. Many hours of fun with a gell battery and a piece of wire. With INRAD's 250Hz filter added, working RTTY is a delight. Mic compressor squeezes its 10W.
WA4RVB Rating: 2008-12-01
GREAT LITTLE RIG Time Owned: 0 to 3 months.
K6YUM Rating: 2008-11-28
Great Rig Time Owned: more than 12 months.
I have owned an Icom 703 (not the plus) for 3+ years. It is my main rig in my QTH. I use the 703 with a K4POZ screwdriver antenna, 3 meters up with 7 long, variable length, ground radials/with ground rods.

At 10 watts I can work Europe, S. America, and the west coast of the US and Canada on SSB. There are times of course when I cannot work these areas but if conditions are reasonable I can. I do have a small linear amp I can also use if needed. On CW, contracts on QRP power are common normal.

The rig failed within 3 months of purchase. The Icom service chap in Anderson, SC corrected the problem and made all the modifications needed in rapid order. He was most helpful.

I am very pleased with the quality of the Icom 703 and really enjoy the rig. I obtained my license in the 1950s and have had a good number of rigs in that time. I have 3 HF rigs now. The Icom 703 is by far my favorite.
N2WJW Rating: 2008-11-28
Great little rig Time Owned: 3 to 6 months.
Got the IC-703 (not plus) about 4 months ago and have been giving it lots of use, amazing what ten watts can do on CW and the bands are not even in good condition. After reading about blown finals with this rig, I checked the driver bias voltage and was right on the money. The auto tuner is a big plus, tunes just about anything I put into it and the best part is the receiver section, quiet and nice audio on SSB and AM, great for general coverage listening, nice size display for a small rig. A lot of rigs come and go in my qth, this one will stay for a long time. This is a good all around rig that deserves a 5.
M3XGV Rating: 2008-11-17
Great Rig ! Time Owned: 6 to 12 months.
I have had this radio for approx 9 months after gaining my M3 licence and i am very pleased with this great little QRP rig.The autotuner works well and quickly , audio is good with useful DSP features.I have mainly used it for digi mode working and have had success with only a minimal setup working ZL on 30M last week with a windom and 10 Watts.I would highly recommend this rig , 5/5 !

73 Mike
LU5DDX Rating: 2008-11-15
exelente Time Owned: more than 12 months.
realmente el mejor de los equipos qrp que opere en los ultimos aƱos tuve las dos versiones el 703 y el 703plus y son muy buenos equipos --
pros :
**trabajar con menos de 12 v en ocaciones cuando la bateria que usamos en portable cae de tension este equipo anda hasta con 9.4v .
**el dsp es mejor de su clase en AF .. mejor aun que el 706 .
**el AT es un lujo , sintoniza practicamente cualquier cosa desde 3.5 o aun mas --
**el consumo es muy inferior a los de su clase
**sera mucho pedir 144mhz en el??
no lo dude exelente equipo para qrp ,portable vacaciones etc .. saludos jorge

Earlier 5-star review posted by LU5DDX on 2008-06-16

the equipment is really very complete, dsp works better than in IC-706 at to tuner is perfect fits but of the specified thing. .lo I recommend 100 100 xs Jorge
WX4O Rating: 2008-11-14
Very Nice Time Owned: more than 12 months.
I had a plain 703 for 2 or 3 years and really enjoyed it. I stupidly sold it, but a couple months ago bought another from eBay, and am really glad I did. With all the features, variable power up to 10 watts, DSP, 500 CW filter, built in tuner,
display, size and weight etc. etc. it's great. I won't sell this one unless Icom comes out with a 704 or a 703 Pro.
YV5IAL Rating: 2008-11-14
Excelente Radio QRP Time Owned: 6 to 12 months.
El IC-703 tiene ventajas y desventajas:
1) Excelente Recepcion. Lo recomiendo ampliamente a cualquier SWL serio
2) Sintonizador de Antena Automatico. Funciona muy bien y empareja antenas aun con alta estacionarias
3) DSP: Funciona muy bien y permite discriminar estaciones debiles con fuerte QRM en sus cercanias
4) Procesador de voz: Permite destacar la voz sobre el QRM

A) Es relativamente grande y pesado para ser llevado en operaciones portatiles
B) No tiene un sistema de bateria interna que permita autonomia
C) La potencia de salida es menor a 7 Vatios (y no 10 Watts. como cita la publicidad)
D) Tiene muchos "Menu y sub-menu", y navegar por ellos es complicado
E) Los botones de control son pequenos

Lo recomiendo mucho como "Radio de Respaldo" o como "Segundo Receptor".

W0DKM Rating: 2008-11-03
Very Good Rig Time Owned: more than 12 months.
Just a Great rig! I had 2 of them without problems. I did adjust the bias down to .5 volts.
I did have an early 703 that blew the final transistor. And for no good reason. Ticked me off. Fixed and sold it. I was later lured in again by the great performance of this 703.
I have a new one hind away for the future.
I run it at 7 watts SSB. it looks like 5 watts on the meter. So to me thats qrp!!!

Enjoy this great Icom, and adjust that bias.